PW's Year of Beer: Avery Collaboration Not Litigation

By Eric San Juan
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A decade ago, Colorado’s Avery brewed a Belgian-style ale called Salvation. At the same time, the beloved Russian River also brewed a Belgian-style ale, and it, too, was called Salvation. A potential trademark dispute could have erupted, but instead Adam Avery and Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo got their heads together and decided to blend their two Salvations together. The result was Collaboration Not Litigation, a beer that has since become a minor legend in the world of craft beer. This amber-colored Belgian strong ale has a frothy tan head and aromas of banana, yeast, cloves, and brown sugar. The taste is dominated by fruity malts, chewy caramel, and alcohol warmth. There is only minor bitterness here, but yeast and spice serve as a nice counterpoint to the sweetness. Try this tasty Belgian-style ale at Jon’s Bar & Grill.

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